“Let me begin again as a speck
of dust caught in the night winds
sweeping out to sea. Let me begin
this time knowing the world is
salt water and dark clouds, the world
is grinding and sighing all night, and dawn
comes slowly, and changes nothing.”
Philip Levine, 7 Years from Somewhere: Poems


Opportunity Knocks

3:AM MAGAZINE, Whatever it is, We’re Against It publishes criticsim (query first), fiction (closed) and nonfiction (query first) and poetry. Currently submissions are open for poetry only for its Duos (collaborative poems) and Poem Brut (explores handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, visual poetry and so on) series. No submission fees. No payment. Details HERE.

ABLE MUSE, A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art invites submissions for poetry (mainly metrical) poetry translation, fiction (up to 4,000 words), art and photography, nonfiction, essays, book reviews and interviews. No fee. Details HERE.

ACTA VICTORIANA, the literary journal of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, publishes prose and poetry once a year. Details HERE.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW of University of Alabama is reading general fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions and review graphic writing, comics and art through September 1. $3 submission fee.  The editors “especially strive to magnify voices that are traditionally and systemically silenced. Writers of color, queer and trans writers, disabled writers, immigrant writers, fat writers and femmes: you are welcome and wanted here.” Details HERE.

BROKENPENCIL, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts publishes “sort reports (about 400 words) on cultural events, personalities, zine gatherings” as well as feature articles (1,000-3,000 words) on indie/alternative culture,  art, fiction (up to 3,000 through September 15th).  The next pitch deadline is July 15th. Optional submission fee. Payment: $50 – $100 dollars. Details HERE.

CONJUNCTIONS, Read Dangerously (biannual – usually themed – print/e-book) is open for Conjunctions: 71, A Cabinet of Curiosity (Fall/November 2018). No deadline is offered. The editor also reads year-round for the weekly online magazine. Interest is in short-and-long-form fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. No fee. Details HERE.

GRAIN MAGAZINE, the journal of eclectic writing will open for submissions of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction and other material on September 1, 2018 and close on May 31, 2019. Canadian and international writers invited. Payment $50 per page with a max payment of $250. Compensation includes three contributor copies. Details HERE.

GREENSBORO REVIEW is open through September 15 for submissions of poetry and fiction. Submission fee. Details HERE.

IRON HORSE LITERARY REVIEW publishes “one issue as a chapbook. The genre rotates: prose collections in odd years; poetry collections in even years. Prose collections should be 40-56 pages, double-spaced; poetry collections should be 28-36 pages, one poem per page. Submissions due every year from January through mid-March. Fee: $18, which includes year’s subscription. Winner receives $1,000 and press run of 500. Watch the site for 2019 call for submissions.  ihlr trifecta: Send marathon-long manuscripts every October. video literature: Submit every year from January through mid-March.

JUBILAT of the Unviersity of Massachusettes at Amherst publishes poetry and art, and other forms of writing on poetry, poetics or subjects that have nothing to do with poetry. “All art submissions must either be in black and white or publishable in grayscale.”  Calls will open on September 1. Submission fee. Details HERE.

The BeZine

Call for submission for the September issue.

THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be. Submissions for the September issue – themed Social Justice – close on August 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT .

Please send text in the body of the email not as an attachment. Send photographs or illustrations as attachments. No google docs or Dropbox or other such. No rich text. Send submissions to bardogroup@gmail.com.

Publication is September 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos or essays), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration.

No demographic restrictions.

Please read at least one issue and the Intro/Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. We DO NOT publish anything that promotes hate, divisiveness or violence or that is scornful or in any way dismissive of “other” peoples. 

  • September 2018 issue, Deadline August 10th, Theme: Human Rights/Social Justice
  • December 2018 issue, Deadline November 10th, Theme: A Life of the Spirit

The BeZine is an entirely volunteer effort, a mission. It is not a paying market but neither does it charge submission or subscription fees.

Previously published work may be submitted IF you hold the copyright. Submissions from beginning and emerging artists as well as pro are encouraged and we have a special interest in getting more submissions of short stores, feature articles, music videos and art for consideration. 


Opportunity Knocks

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW of the University of Alabama has an open call for entries to its 2018 CONTEST, which will close on September 1. $1000 & PUBLICATION in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry; $500 & PUBLICATION in our Flash Category; Nonfiction Judge: Kate Zambreno; Fiction Judge: Laura van den Berg; Poetry Judge: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal; Flash Judge: Jennifer S. Cheng. Entry fees: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry: there is a $20 entry fee for each submission ($30 for international submissions). All entrants receive a one-year subscription to BWR as a thank-you. Flash: there is an $8 entry fee. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION FOR LONG AND SHORT POEMS BY WOMEN – 2018 – NOW OPEN JUDGE ESTHER MORGAN. Poet, tutor and editor, Esther Morgan’s first collection Beyond Calling Distance (2001), which won the Aldeburgh ‘best first collection’ Prize, was followed by The Silence Living in Houses (2005), Grace (2011) and The Wound Register (2018), all by Bloodaxe. She won the Bridport Prize in 2010.

  • £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
  • £150 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)
  • £75 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)

Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry.  

Entry fees: £6 each per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online.
**Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/Joining)

Rules & Entry        direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop
note: payment link in competition flyer ends ‘s l(el) 5’, not ‘s 1(one) 5‚.

The results will be posted on the website by 30th September. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry.

Accessible anytime from anywhere in the world:

  • The Poet by Day always available online with poems, poets and writers, news and information.
  • The Poet by Day, Wednesday Writing Prompt, online every week (except for vacation) and all are invited to take part no matter the stage of career or status. Poems related to the challenge of the week (always theme based not form based) will be published here on the following Tuesday.
  • The Poet by Day, Sunday Announcements. Every week (except for vacation) opportunity knocks for poets and writers. Due to other Sunday commitments, this post will often go up late in the day.
  • THE BeZINE, Be Inspired, Be Creative, Be Peace, Be – always online HERE.  
  • Beguine Again, daily inspiration and spiritual practice  – always online HERE.  Beguine Again is the sister site to The BeZine.



Response deadline is Monday, June 11th at 8 p.m. PDT. All poems shared on theme (this time it’s “the poet in nonordinary time”) will be published on this site on Tuesday, the 12th. Details HERE.


YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS may be emailed to thepoetbyday@gmail.com. Please do so at least a week in advance.

If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, chapbook, magazine or film, here are some general guidelines:

  • send PDF to jamiededes@gmail.com (Note: I have a backlog of six or seven months, so at this writing I suggest you wait until June 2018 to forward anything.Thank you!)
  • nothing that foments hate or misunderstanding
  • nothing violent or encouraging of violence
  • English only, though Spanish is okay if accompanied by translation
  • your book or other product  should be easy for readers to find through your site or other venues.



PLEASE do not mix the communications between the two.

Often information is just thatinformation– and not necessarily recommendation. I haven’t worked with all the publications or other organizations featured in my regular Sunday Announcements or other announcements shared on this site. Awards and contests are often (generally) a means to generate income, publicity and marketing mailing lists for the host organizations, some of which are more reputable than others. I rarely attend events anymore. Caveat Emptor: Please be sure to verify information for yourself before submitting work, buying products, paying fees or attending events et al.


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